Meet the Musicians


Meet the Musicians

The mission of the Erie Philharmonic is to strengthen our community and region by providing high quality live orchestra concerts and programs that enrich, entertain and educate people of all ages.

Musicians of the Erie Philharmonic


LeAnne M. Wistrom, Principal

Sean F. Gabriel

Martha Sturtevant Memorial Chair



Susan Royal



Danna Sundet, Principal

Heather Storey


English Horn

Sarah Hamilton



Amitai Vardi, Principal

Benjamin Chen


Bass Clarinet

Deb Alexander


E Flat Clarinet

KeriAnn DiBari-Oberle



Laura Koepke, Principal

Sarah Elizabeth Lee



Christopher C. Rapier, Principal

Mark Addleman, Assistant

Emily Rapson

Bryan Adkins

Benjamin Strecker



Gary Davis, Principal

Robert Dolwick



Christopher Graham, Principal

Whitney Clair

Frank F. Bolte, Jr.



Kenneth Heinlein, Principal



Michael Kemp, Principal (on leave)



Bradley Amidon, Principal

Matthew Larson



Melody Rapier, Principal


Personnel Manager

Christina Brice Dolanc



String personnel listed alphabetically.

First Violin

Ken Johnston, Concertmaster

Susan H. and Thomas B. Hagen Chair

Janice Carlson

Amy Cave

Emilie Engel

Kimia Ghaderi

Sandro Leal-Santiesteban

Louis Nicolia

Maura Pelinsky

Meredith Riley


Second Violin

Wendy Case, Associate Principal

Brenda Dolwick

Karen Barker Ferren

Jennifer J. Jansen

Howard Lyon

Robert Rudolph

Melissa Stewart

Colleen Vanderzyden

Jessica R. Wiersma (on leave)



Ji young Nam, Principal

Jaimie Sachay, Associate Principal

Sarah Poe

Mary Ann Saylor

Benjamin Schantz

Si Yu



Jonathan Tortolano, Principal

            Charles and Noel Burgoyne Endowed Chair

Erica Snowden, Associate Principal

Robert Nicholson

Jeffrey Singler

Jean Verdecchia



Kieran J. Hanlon, Principal

Thomas Christopherson

Harry Jacobson

James Mohney, Jr.



Erie Phil Blogs


Music Director

Daniel Meyer, Music Director


Music Director

Daniel Meyer, Music Director

As Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Daniel Meyer has reinvigorated both orchestras with innovative programming and a dedication to create and sustain enthusiastic audiences for classical music.  In his continuing commitment to Erie and northwest Pennsylvania, Meyer develops new youth concerts for thousands of area schoolchildren, appears as a regular guest on WQLN radio, JET and WICU TV, frequently presents to local schools, civic clubs, ExpERIEnce Children’s Museum, and continues to broaden the Philharmonic’s reach through performances at Edinboro University, the Erie Art Museum, and the Academy Theatre in Meadville.  His monthly presentations at Springhill are popular community events, where he introduces the coming symphonic concert’s music.

For the 16-17 season, Meyer inaugurates the Philharmonic’s new Beethoven 4/4 project, a four-year festival featuring the great symphonic, concerto and choral works of Beethoven leading up to Beethoven’s 250th birthday.  This season features a special performance of Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with internationally-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax in residency with the Philharmonic for five days.  Meyer continues to collaborate with some of the finest artists in classical music, inviting artists Demarre McGill, Sari Gruber, Soyeon Kate Lee, and concertmaster Ken Johnston to make solo appearances with the Philharmonic.  This 103rd season begins with a special outdoor performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony on Perry Square and ends with the music of Vaughan Williams and vocalists from the Pittsburgh Opera.

In his role as Music Director of the Asheville Symphony, Meyer conducted a new CD recording titled 'The Asheville Symphony Sessions,' an intriguing collaboration with Asheville's top popular artists recorded at Echo Mountain Studios.  This season, he will lead the second Asheville Amadeus Festival, featuring a week residency and gala finale performance with violinist Midori.

As a guest conductor, Meyer’s appearances this season include a return to the Württembergische Philharmonie and a live radio broadcast with the Rochester Philharmonic, as well as debuts with the Detroit Symphony, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Nüremberg Symphoniker, Fresno Philharmonic, and West Virginia Symphony.  Other engagements this season include subscription concerts with the Westmoreland Symphony, where he serves as Artistic Director and at Duquesne University, where he will serve as Director of Orchestral Activities.  Meyer recently returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra, and made acclaimed debuts with the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and Southwest Florida Orchestra.  He also led the Indianapolis Symphony, the Neue Philharmonie in Germany, the Columbus Symphony, and led the Pittsburgh Ballet in a special performance of Swan Lake. At the Asheville Lyric Opera, Meyer conducted new productions of Suor Angelica, Pagliacci, Magic Flute and Carousel and led the finals of the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition.

Meyer made his critically-acclaimed European debut in 2011 with the Staatstheater Stuttgart Orchestra and violinist Thomas Zehetmair.  His major summer festival appearances have included the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, the Aspen Music Festival, the Chautauqua, Brevard, and Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestras.

In 2003, Mariss Jansons invited Meyer to become Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. He worked closely with Maestro Jansons, Manfred Honeck, Sir Andrew Davis, and Charles Dutoit, led the Pittsburgh Symphony on tour, and conducted performances with Pinchas Zukerman, Sarah Chang, and Marvin Hamlisch, among other notable soloists. He also led the Pittsburgh Symphony’s Symphony with a Splash, a series designed for professionals, as well as a Sunday matinee family series called Popular Classics.

A passionate advocate for music education and community engagement, Meyer has developed a series of youth concerts based on popular children’s books to promote music and literacy.  He was awarded the Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education for his groundbreaking work with the Pittsburgh Symphony and has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business.  In 2007, he led the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Pastime, based on the lives of the great American baseball players Jackie Robinson, Josh Gibson, and Henry Aaron.

As Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Meyer led the ensemble on their first ever tour to China.  In 2004, he led the Youth Symphony in a special performance at the first National Performing Arts Convention and conducted the orchestra on an international tour to Vienna, Prague, Leipzig and Budapest. He also led the orchestra in the world premiere of David Stock's Clarinet Concerto with soloist Richard Stoltzman, and conducted the premiere of a new work by John Harbison in May 2009.

David Zinman awarded Meyer the prestigious Aspen Conducting Prize in 2002, and invited him to return as Assistant Conductor and to lead a subscription performance at the Aspen Music Festival.  Committed to new music and contemporary composers, Meyer conducted several premieres at Aspen, was featured on the Adventures in Listening new music series, and has appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.

A native of Cleveland, Meyer studied conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  He is a graduate of Denison University, where he recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Citation and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He composed and conducted works for ensembles at both schools, including a Stabat Mater for soprano, chorus and orchestra.  At Boston University, Meyer received the Orchestral Conducting Honors Award, and last May he received an honorary doctorate from Edinboro University.  



Historical Timeline



Historical Timeline


A Brief History

The history of the Erie Philharmonic began on November 30, 1913, when the Erie Symphonic Orchestra, a 50 piece ensemble under the direction of Franz Kohler, presented a concert of “Sacred Music.”  The title notwithstanding, the concert was entirely symphonic and was enthusiastically received by the Erie audience.  Kohler, who had been concertmaster and first violinist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1897-1911, conducted the orchestra until 1916 when his health failed.

In 1920, following a lapse of four years and the end of World War I, the orchestra was reorganized under the direction of Henry Bethuel Vincent.  As music director for one season, Vincent revised the orchestra under the sanction of the American Federation of Musicians so that professional and amateur musicians played together.

Under the baton of John R. Metcalf, from 1931 to 1947, the orchestra reached a new level of support from the community.  The Erie Philharmonic Society was created to sponsor the orchestra, and in 1947 all members of the orchestra were paid union scale wages.  The orchestra also became a charter member of the American Symphony Orchestra League in 1942.

Fritz Mahler (a nephew of Gustav Mahler) was appointed music director in 1947 and performed the orchestra’s first pops concert in 1948.  In 1950, the Erie Philharmonic sponsored its first important commission, Peter Mennin’s “Concerto for Orchestra,” which has established itself in the orchestral repertoire. The Erie Philharmonic Chorus began its great tradition in October of 1952, singing choruses from "La Traviata" under the direction of Fritz Mahler.

In 1953, Music Director James Sample and President William Schuster established the Erie Junior Philharmonic, which today still serves as an important part of the Philharmonic’s educational activities.  After Sample, the orchestra continued its artistic achievements under the batons of John Gosling (1967-76), Harold Bauer (1974-76), Walter Hendl (1976-90), Eiji Oue (1990-96), Peter Bay (1996-99), and Hugh Keelan (2000-06).

In the summer of 2007, Daniel Meyer was named the 12th Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic.  The 2016-17 season marks the 103rd Season of the Erie Philharmonic.

Archive Publications

Past Presidents

(L-R) Doug Murphy 1994-96, Deb Murphy 2008-11, Charlie Ingram 2013-15, Blossom McBrier 1961-63, Tom Vicary 2000-02, Thomas Hagen 1971-72, Music Director Daniel Meyer, Wally Knox 1991-94, John Baldwin 1996-98, Sandra Jarecki 1986-89, Bruce Kern II 2004-06, Dan Zimmerman 2015-

U.S. State Department Recordings

Warner Theatre Archive Photos

Historical Timeline

  • 1913 November 30 - First concert by Erie Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Franz Kohler, at Colonial Theatre on Peach St. before audience of 750.
  • 1914 April 19 - First concert at Park Theatre on Perry Square, featuring world premiere performance of the Henry Vincent “Suite.”
  • 1916 February 20 - Final concert of the Erie Symphony Orchestra
  • 1921 January 30 - First concert of the re-organized Erie Second Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Vincent at Academy High School.
  • 1921 February 8 - First concert of the First Philharmonic, conducted by Eugene Haesener at the Central Presbyterian Church, Corner of 10th and Sassafras St.
  • 1922 December 10 - Erie Battalion offers to broadcast symphony concerts by radiophone over its transmitting station WOAV.
  • 1926 May 2 - Final performance of the Second Symphony Orchestra
  • 1932 February 7 - First concert by the Second Philharmonic conducted by John Metcalf at Strong Vincent High School.
  • 1937 January 12 - Premiere performance in Erie of Rimsky-Korsakov symphonic suite “Scheherazade.”
  • 1941 November 6 - Erie Philharmonic disbanded for duration of World War II.
  • 1947 September 23 - Erie Philharmonic Incorporated
  • 1948 April 5 - Western Hemisphere premiere performance of the Serge Prokofiev “Symphonic Suite, 1941.”
  • 1948 April 19 - First “Pops” concert.
  • 1949 December 6 - Western Hemisphere premiere performance of the Gustav Mahler “Symphony No. 10 (Unfinished).”
  • 1953 December 8 - First annual symphonic performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” with recently organized Erie Philharmonic Chorus.
  • 1956 April 25 - First public appearance of the Erie Junior Philharmonic
  • 1958 October 21 - First concert at Technical Memorial High School
  • 1963 October 22 - Philharmonic launches 50th anniversary season, playing the first of six commissioned works.
  • 1967 October 16 - John Gosling conducts his first Opening Night Concert
  • 1968 January 18 - First out-of-town performance by Philharmonic at Allegheny College
  • 1973 October 17 - Debut of conductor Harold Bauer with Philharmonic
  • 1974 October 8 - First concert at the Warner Theatre
  • 1976 October 5 - Walter Hendl makes his debut as orchestral director of Erie Philharmonic
  • 1977 November 10 - First D’Angelo Young Artists Competition winner plays with the orchestra
  • 1989 November 11 - World premier performance of Albert Glinsky’s “A Throne of the Third Heaven.”
  • 1990 September 22 - Opening Night with Eiji Oue conducting his first concert as the Philharmonic’s Music Director
  • 1993 February 13 - Premiere performance in Erie of the Libby Larsen “Marimba Concerto: After Hampton.”
  • 1993 March 13 - World premiere performance of the Albert Glinsky “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.”
  • 1996 April 13 - Peter Bay conducted his first concert with the Erie Philharmonic
  • 2000 July 1 - Hugh Keelan is named Music Director and Conductor of the Erie Philharmonic
  • 2007 September 27 - Daniel Meyer makes his debut as Conductor and Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic
  • 2013 - the orchestra celebrates its 100th Anniversary
  • 2016 - launching of the orchestra's Beethoven 4/4 Festival, which includes a residency from legendary pianist Emanuel Ax

Directors and Governors

Directors and Governors


Directors and Governors

Directors and Governors

Board of Directors

President Daniel Zimmerman

Executive Vice President John Knox

Vice President-Finance & Treasurer Amy Denlinger

Secretary Pam Davis

Vice President & General Counsel vacant

Vice President-Artistic Affairs Tom Vicary

Vice President-Education Tom New

Vice President-Events Linda Wilkinson*

Vice President-Marketing Geri Cicchetti


Board of Governors

Chair Joellen Nelson

Vice Chair Kate Weber

Secretary Kelly Reams

Dates shown represent the end of term


  • Penny Austin
  • Thomas Brasco Jr.
  • Michael Burns
  • Julie Chacona
  • Amy Denlinger
  • Theodore Ely
  • Amy Fessler
  • Dick Fox
  • Rob Hoff
  • Charles Ingram
  • Darlene Lay
  • Samantha Lincoln
  • Joellen Nelson
  • Joe Parlak


  • Brian Amick
  • Eric Confer
  • Pam Davis
  • Lorianne Feltz
  • Nadia Havard
  • Derf Hopsecger
  • W. John Knox, III
  • Leonard Lifshen
  • James Lin
  • Michael Martin
  • Julia Nene
  • Nick Scott
  • Laura Semple
  • Helen Tanous
  • Dennis Unks
  • William Vorsheck
  • Kate Weber
  • Daniel Zimmerman

Vice President-Development Julie Chacona

Immediate Past President Charlie Ingram*

Chair, Board of Governors Joellen Nelson

Executive Director Steve Weiser

Musician Rep Brad Amidon**

At Large Lorianne Feltz

At Large Sandra Jarecki

At Large Julia Nene








  • Lisa Adams
  • Thomas Brooks
  • Geri Cicchetti
  • Chanel Cook
  • Michael DeSanctis
  • Lucia Doyle
  • Marshall Fryer****
  • Jenny Weigold Geertson
  • Mili Chiang-Hanes
  • Chuck Harris
  • Rebecca Jubulis
  • Scott Miller
  • Tom New
  • Kelly Reams
  • Jamey Stewart
  • Jim Wertz
  • Linda Wilkinson

Director Emeritus

  • Don Baxter*
  • Noel Burgoyne
  • John Enders
  • Christie Ferrier*
  • Thomas B. Hagen*
  • Betty Healy
  • Sandra Jarecki*
  • C. Bruce Kern II*
  • Wally Knox*
  • John Leuenberger*
  • Deborah Murphy*
  • Doug Murphy*
  • Peggy Richardson
  • Fred Sickert*
  • Tom Vicary*

Past Presidents
** Philharmonic Musician
*** Chorus Rep
**** Jr Phil Rep


Administrative Staff


Administrative Staff

Erie Phil Staff


Music Director and Conductor Daniel Meyer

Philharmonic Chorus Conductor Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich

Junior Philharmonic Artistic Director & Conductor Robert Dolwick


Volunteer Usher Coordinator Robert Yates

Volunteer Archivist Mary Jean McEwen


Phone 814/455-1375

Email info@EriePhil.org


Executive Director Steve Weiser

Director of Community Impact Lisa Herring

Operations Manager & Librarian Alex Hake

Patron Services Manager Mathew Anderson

Donor Relations Manager Jessica Flock 

Bookkeeper Mary Pruchniewski

Ad Sales Patti Pella

Personnel Manager Robert Dolwick

Junior Philharmonic Business Manager Janet Preston

Behind the Scenes at the Phil






Associate Principal Viola and Section Viola (1)

Principal Bass

Principal Trombone and 2nd Trombone

Auditions will be held on September 21-22, 2016, in Erie, PA


Job Openings


Job Openings

Job Openings


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